Blake Painter From 'Deadliest Catch' Has Reportedly Died

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"Deadliest Catch" captain Blake Painter was found dead inside his OR home on Friday, TMZ reports. Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin told several news outlets that there were no signs of foul play or suspicious circumstances, but authorities are awaiting toxicology results before announcing a cause of death.

Painter was in the Discovery Channel series in 2006 and 2007 as the captain of the F/V Maverick.

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A spokesperson with the Clastop County Sheriff's office says Painter's body was discovered by friends in his OR residence on Friday. Police determined Painter had been dead for several days. The paper said he was charged with DUI and heroin possession, among other things.

Painter was a second-generation fisherman, born and raised in Astoria and fished from the time he was 3, according to a fan site for Deadliest Catch.

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Discovery declined to comment on Painter.

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Painter is not the first Deadliest Catch captain to die.

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